In Reply to: value of a Funk vs. standard 8n posted by steve on October 18, 2020 at 11:49:00:
Not feelin' the love here when it comes to Funk Aircraft conversions. The conversions came out at a time when Ford wasn't offering any more power and farmers were wanting it. When used properly the conversions fit the bill. They provided more power to the PTO for equipment that required it and could pull a 3-bottom plow, or a 2-bottom at faster speeds. It is true the extra power could cause breakdowns if used hard, with the rear axles and differential being the weak points. The rest of the tractor held up fine. Funk sold a lot of kits that were used for serious work on the farm until Ford decided to come out with more powerful tractors. I would say though that the V8 was not really practical since more power over the 6 was not needed and it burned more fuel, probably why you rarely see a Funk V8 tractor. But they do look cool. But I personally prefer the looks of the hood profile of the 6 kit over the V8.
As to which one you should buy, it really depends on what you like and if you want something a little more unique. The Funks are a little bigger and heavier with a longer wheelbase, so are a little less agile then the stock 8N, but still a usable tractor. They steer a little bit harder than a stock 8N, but the narrow 19" wheels make it much easier. They will use a little more fuel, but for the little amount you will probably use it that won't be an issue. And as far as breakdowns, unless you plan on pulling it hard which most people don't anymore, nothing will break. If a tractor is maintained properly, it will be reliable whether a stock 8N or Funk. Both tractors are dirt simple. And be aware that when ordering parts the engine is from a Ford truck, and that the radiator and part of the starter are Funk specific. I would also make sure the Funk tractor still has a governor since to effectively use the tractor it needs one. As for price, they are all over the board but in general I would say a Funk is about the same price or slightly more than a stock 8N. Frame rail versions are more plentiful but some people like the cast iron pan versions as they look cleaner and mimic the design of the stock 8N. But like everything, condition makes a difference on price Whatever you buy, check it over thoroughly and make sure what works and doesn't to look for any repairs that may be needed after you buy.
Another option: buy one of each then you won't have to choose.